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Resources - Personal Injury In An Auto Accident

PERSONAL INJURY IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT

If You Are Injured in a Car Accident, You May Need a Personal Injury Attorney

Every 14 seconds a car accident results in an injured victim in the United States. In 2009, there were more than 5.5 million car accidents in the United States, resulting in more than 2 million injuries. In New York State, 314,974 auto accidents occurred that same year, resulting in 133,888 personal injuries. These statistics are alarming, and it’s important to know what to do if you find yourself in an accident in which you aren’t at fault. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you might need a personal injury attorney, or you might find yourself responsible for your entire medical and damage costs.

If you ever find yourself in an injury accident situation, it’s important that you keep a clear head and take steps to help your case for a claim. Here are some things you should do immediately following an accident in order to protect yourself:

  • Call law enforcement to report the accident, and be sure to ask for a copy of the accident report.
  • Be sure to obtain information about the other driver involved in the accident. This includes name, license number, insurance company name, and policy number. This information is extremely important to ensure you will be able to make a claim.
  • Take some photographs of both the damage done to the vehicles and any injuries you might have sustained as a result of the accident.
  • Keep a record of all names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of any witnesses who may have seen the accident take place.
  • Keep a log of all medical expenses that were a result of the accident. These include, but are not limited to, hospital visits, over-the-counter and prescription medications, X–rays, medical procedures, and physical therapy.
  • Keep a log of any time you had to take off work as a result of the accident.
  • Keep estimates or bills for your car repairs.
  • Contact a personal injury attorney. In order to file a claim, an attorney is needed. An attorney will have the knowledge and the expertise to help you get everything you deserve during this tough time.

A car accident is a frightening thing, but you can take control of the situation by taking these steps and by talking to a personal injury attorney. Don’t sit back and let the situation take advantage of you. You should get what you deserve.